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DIY: De-potting eyeshadows

Looking at my mess of eyeshadow quads, I decided impulsively to depot them into one big palette. I bought some z-palettes online (from FTB beauty), and they should be here in a few days. Anyway, I looked up some methods for depotting, and I wanted to stay away from the ones involving fire or heat because I know I will do something stupid.

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So I went with the knife method. Basically, you use a knife to try and lift the eyeshadows out of the plastic casing. Jabbing the corners of the pan will loosen the glue, and you should be able to take the eyeshadow pan out easily. From my experience, some brands put more glue than others, and some are easier to depot than others. Just be careful not to stab the eyeshadow itself. I did.

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For single eyeshadows, the pan usually has a small hole at the back, because they predicted you would depot them. So just use a paperclip or something that fits in the hole to poke the eyeshadow pan out. Shouldn’t be too hard. I actually used the knife from the top because I didn’t know there was a hole. Noobs.

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Here are the ones I depotted today. As you can see, the knife did slip and cause some holes in the eyeshadow. Didn’t stab myself though, so I call it a good day/ Also, if theres a lot of glue stuck to the bottom of the pan, you should clean that off. I just scraped it off with a tissue.

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For some reason, the Wet n Wild eyeshadows didnt work with the knife method. I read somewhere that they don’t use metal for the pans, so when I tried to lift it out, it just buckled. I’m not too sad because this palette cost like $5 but maybe try gently to see if it will deform the pan, or do some research on which brands use metal and which brands don’t.

For these non-metal pans, i think the only way is to melt the plastic from underneath to soften it and poke the pan out.

Depotting eyeshadows is surprisingly fulfilling. I like arranging them into one big collection in a palette rather than have several quads in my drawer.

Travel makeup bag

Although I am a girl, I’ve been taught to pack lightly for trips. I remember when I went on a school trip for 5 days and 4 nights, I only brought a small medium sized sports bag, while all the other girls brought huge suitcases. This trip, however, I didn’t feel the need to compress my luggage, and I ended up bringing unnecessary things.

Anyways, this is all the makeup I brought with me:

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  1. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
  2. Maybelline Eyestudio eyshadow – 60 Bronze Blowout
  3. Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush – 10 Pink Frosting
  4. Mischa Perfect Cover BB Cream – No. 21
  5. Majolica Majorica Perfect Automatic Eyeliner
  6. Rimmel Waterproof Eyeliner – 211 Sable
  7.  Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal – 001 Black
  8. Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara
  9. Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – 270 Fashion Icon
  10. Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick – 437 Pink-A-Boo
  11. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – 090 Sweet Tart
  12. Elf Kabuki Brush
  13. Eyelash curler (no brand)
  14. Sponge tip / brush applicator

And these all fit into my shiny purple makeup bag. Its a fairly small bag, about the size of pencil cases.

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I think the makeup was quite sufficient. I did regret not bringing some more coloured eyeshadows, and I didn’t bring anything for my brows, but I didn’t really use heavy makeup so its all good. Travelling is about experiencing life and seeing new sights, and not about what my face looks like.

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Recent makeup / beauty purchases

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From left to right (with a mini “first impressions” review):

  1. Covergirl lip perfection jumbo gloss balm – 215 “watermelon twist”
    I’ve been looking to try these jumbo lip sticks for a while – decided to try this one because i liked the name (watermelon). The colour is nice, but its not very hydrating and feels dry quickly. Smells like old lipsticks (not a smell I like). I like the twist up application though. 3/5. 
  2. Loreal nail colour – 530 “now you sea me”
    I wanted some nice bright pastel spring colours for my nails, and this was the best I could find. Its a very nice ocean blue, and achieves about 70% opacity with one coat. Which is fine, because sometimes I don’t like having a too strong nail colour. 4.5/5.
  3. Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer
    Again something I’ve been planning to buy for a while. I picked up this one while I was at new york for $20, which is a few dollars cheaper than here in Canada. From reviews I decided to get this over the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but no one mentioned the smell! I thought I got a defective one, because when I put this primer on my eye I smelt this nasty fishy smell. I even went so far as to bringing it back to Sephora to exchange, but when I smelt the other ones, they were all the same. The oil in the primer also separates slightly. Performance-wise, however, the Too Faced primer was really good. 4/5, but I’m getting the UDPP next time.
  4. Revlon Lip Butter – 090 “sweet tart”
    I love these lip butters, but I can never seem to pick out the right colour. The first one I got (strawberry shortcake) was too light of a pink and looked weird on me, the second (pink truffle) was too brown, and I think I got it right with this one. Its a very very bright pink, similar to the Covergirl watermelon twist. 4.5/5.
  5. Wet n wild Color Icon – 738 Comfort Zone
    This is my second and last makeup item from New York – it was like $5, which is super cheap if you come from Canada. I know they sell wet n wild in Walmart and stuff, but I’ve never seen them, so I decided to get it. I’ve seen people on youtube use this and talk about it, so I thought I’d try it out. The eyeshadow is really really good – very pigmented and soft. Only minor complaint I have it the colours they put together. I wish they had more neutral colours since it is a “comfort zone” palette, but performance-wise, it is very good. 4/5.

Some close ups – I know the colours are off, theres not enough light here and I’m using a yellow lamp:

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Haircut time! Hairstyles inspirations

Its about time I got a haircut again! After doing a quick search it turns out, the last time I cut my hair was September 15, which is pretty much half a year ago. So, even if a girl’s haircut is $35 and a guy’s haircut is $15, and lets say guys get their hair cut once a month, totalling to $180 per year, and girls total to $70 per year. So who spends more money on haircuts…

Anyways, same site as last time (rasysa.com):

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I’m really only looking at the fringe / bangs, because the hair length will be different anyways. These three are pretty similar and its kind of what I always go for.. although it never turns out the same 😛 I trim my bangs at home, so they aren’t too long at the moment. Probably why I’ve lasted half a year without actually cutting my hair.. because I feel like the back always looks the same anyways, as long as the front looks ok, its good enough for me.

Also, these girls are really cute.

Harajuku Lovers Perfume – Lil Angel

HarajukuLoversWickedStyle-1024x595My recent impulse purchase – Harajuku Lovers Perfume in Lil Angel. So I was walking home through Rexall, and this caught my eye (same story, yes). They were super adorable and only $9.99! They had five colours or styles of girls, and they are all some stereotype of fashion-forward girls in Japan. I was mainly deciding between Lil Angel (which is a gothic lolita style), and Music (which is a visual kei style). I love both styles, but in the end I chose Lil Angel because of its name. I had no way of testing out the smell since they were all in sealed boxes, so I just picked it based on the girl on the top and the name.

collageLuckily, I really like the scent of the perfume. It’s described as “sparkling floral” fragrance, made from plum, champagne, bergamot, pomelo, lotus, rose leaves, water lily, sateen wood, amber and musk” [citing from fragrantica.com]. For me, it smells like flowers, very fresh and citrus-y. I noticed that the staying power isn’t very good at all – I sprayed it on my wrist and I couldn’t smell it after about 30 minutes.

DSC_0168The amount of perfume is actually very little. It only has 30ml / 1 oz. But I don’t use perfume everyday, so I don’t see this as a huge problem. I mainly wanted this because of the doll and not because I needed a new perfume. I think it will look really nice on display in my room =) If you’re looking for a practical perfume, however, I would not suggest getting this one because although it smells really nice, it fades too quickly.

Nail Polish & Modern Family

So I was walking home through the drugstore as usual, and I saw a collection of nail polish by OPI featuring Modern Family! Modern Family is one of my favourite TV shows, so naturally I was interested to see the colours. They only had about 5 colours at the store, but the entire collection has a wide variety.

2013-150-mf_lacquer_updThe polishes have cute names with the characters of the show, such as “Am I making myself Claire”. My favourite character is Haley, followed by Lily. They are really the funniest and most likable. Haley’s blonde moments are really hilarious and Lily is just super cute. I find the colours a good representation of the characters, which makes me want to get them.

In terms of the actual colours, I find myself drawn to “A Like-Haley Story”, which is a bright  pink, and “Candid Cameron”, a duo-chrome shimmery teal. I’m sad to say that I already have a colour similar to the bright pink, and I would never use the teal.

Besides, I have a rule that forbids me to buy new polishes that don’t fit inside my nail polish box. Right now my box is full, so unless I throw one out, I can’t buy a new one.

I love the show and the colours, but I think I’ll pass on these polishes.

Everyday makeup / utility bag

This isn’t really a makeup bag but its the little collection of things I keep inside my bag even though I rarely use it.

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As you can see the bag is really beat up and it somehow got eroded away. Originally it was this pretty cream colour bag with a kind of snake skin pattern on the outside. Its really dirty and broken now. The white fabric tears off and I find bits white at the bottom of my handbag.

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This is what the inside looks like – very messy and disorganized. I don’t really know why I carry all this around.

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Now the things are laid out nicely. From top left to bottom right:

  1. Compact powder foundation I use as a mirror (its from Lancome but is very very old; actually its my mother’s)
  2. Mac Tendertone that I will occasionally use for a light wash of colour on my lips
  3. Burt’s Bees lip balm
  4. Revlon Lipstick in 460 which is my everyday colour if I’m wearing any lipstick at all
  5. Fisherman’s Friend lozenges because I eat a lot of chips and always get a sore throat
  6. Clean & Clear oil control film for when I’m oily, which actually is never, but just in case
  7. Band aids
  8. Bobby pins
  9. Hair ties which I use when I eat, to tie my hair out of my face
  10. Hand sanitizer because I use the subway a lot and its dirty

I also keep a single sanitary pad in there but I didn’t want to show it 😀 Its there permanently, for emergencies.

Oh and also I keep a small bottle of lubricating eye drops in there, but I took it out because I haven’t been wearing contacts for a while.